Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie’s Architecture of Cancer Care

Organized by the New York School of Interior Design, and curated for CMOA by Raymund Ryan, curator of architecture, Carnegie Museum of Art is hosting a new exhibit: Maggie’s Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care. Opening September 13, the exhibit showcases the extraordinary Maggie’s Centres, works of integrated architecture designed to address essential human needs and the everyday challenges of cancer patients undergoing treatment. The work of Frank Gehry, Piers Gough, Steven Holl, Rem Koolhaas, and Richard Rogers have been selected to be included in the exhibition, and provide insight into how some of the most influential architects of our age have sought to positively alter the look, and more significantly, the feel, of healthcare facilities.

Maggie Keswick Jencks (1941–1995), author of The Chinese Garden: History, Art, and Architecture and founder of the Centres, believed that patients should never “lose the joy of living in the fear of dying.” Following this tenet, each Centre, often bright and unorthodox, emphasizes spaces for social interaction and private contemplation, integrates gardens into daily life, and operates on the value of personalization and thorough treatment of the full patient. This is a critical point of departure from the oft-accused impersonal nature of health care facilities, especially in light of heightened scrutiny over health care in the US.


With 16 Centres built and 6 more underway, this exhibit will showcase Gehry’s Maggie’s Dundee, Koolhaas’ Maggie’s Gartnavel, Rogers’ Maggie’s West London, Gough’s Maggie’s Nottingham, and Holl’s Maggie’s Barts. Models, photographs, original drawings, and videos of the five Centres, as well as photographer Mary McCartney’s portraits of Maggie’s Centre alumni will be included in the installation.

More information on the program can be found here.

Title: Maggie’s Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care
Website: http://www.cmoa.org/CalendarEvent.aspx?eid=23594&cat=All
Organizers: New York School of Interior Design
From: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00
Until: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00
Venue: Carnegie Museum of Art Heinz Architectural Center
Address: Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care Snohetta - Maggie's Aberdeen, 2013. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care David Page, Page\Page Architects - Maggie's Highlands, 2005; Landscape - Charles Jencks. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care Piers Gough, CZWG Architects - Maggie's Rotterdam, 2011. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners, LLP - Maggie's Dundee, 2003. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners, LLP - Maggie's Hong Kong, 2013. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners, LLP - Maggie's Dundee, 2003. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care Rem Koolhaas, OMA - Maggie's Gartnavel, 2001. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care Piers Gough, CZWG Architects - Maggie's Rotterdam, 2011; Interior - Paul Smith. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care Richard Rogers, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners - Maggie's West London, 2008; Landscape - Dan Pearson. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners, LLP - Maggie's Dundee, 2003; Landscape - Arabella Lennox-Boyd. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care Richard Rogers, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners - Maggie's West London, 2008. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care Rem Koolhaas, OMA - Maggie's Gartnavel, 2001. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 12 Sep 2014.

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